Tree butchering on 1st Street
Several readers wrote in wondering what was going on with the “pruning” of various trees on First Street this past week.
“Furey” sent this:
“Hey, have you seen what they did to all the trees on 1st Street between Willow and Garden? The north side of the street’s trees have been chopped. A once beautiful tree lined street ruined by the municipal government of Hoboken or a developer? Not sure who. Would love to find out what happened. “
Followed by “gmac17”:
“Wanted to see if you know anything about cutting down trees. I understand the need to trim trees, but i was really surprised to see how much they were taking off of these trees on 1st street last week. Anybody know why you cut them back so much? That is probably 10 years of growth…”
And finally, “Strand Tramp” thinks they have the answer (and may be right!):
“How about some coverage of the tree pruning (butchering) ongoing on 1st this week. Usually Hufnagel does it. Are they the guys doing it this time? Did the city mandate it? Is the city paying or did they force the property owners to foot the bill again? Also, have they considered that the lopping approach they take results in extreme growth of the roots, which causes the sidewalks to erupt? We learned this in high school biology class: Trim the sides and the plant grows taller, trim the top and the plant grows fatter & lop off the top and the root burst to life. Hufnagel is in on the payola IMO!”